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Making Marriage Work A History of Marriage and Divorce in the Twentieth-Century United States

ISBN-10: 0807872210
ISBN-13: 9780807872215
Edition: 2012
Authors: Kristin Celello
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Book details

List price: $27.50
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 2/1/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

By the end of World War I, the skyrocketing divorce rate in the United States had generated a deep-seated anxiety about marriage. This fear drove middle-class couples to seek advice, both professional and popular, in order to strengthen their relationships. InMaking Marriage Work, historian Kristin Celello offers an insightful and wide-ranging account of marriage and divorce in America in the twentieth century, focusing on the development of the idea of marriage as "work." Throughout, Celello illuminates the interaction of marriage and divorce over the century and reveals how the idea that marriage requires work became part of Americans' collective consciousness.

Kristin Celello is assistant professor of history at Queens College, City University of New York.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Making Marriage Work
The Chaos of Modern Marriage: Experts, Divorce, and the Origins of Marital Work, 1900-1940
Can War Marriages Be Made to Work? Keeping Women on the Marital Job in War and Peace
They Learned to Love Again: Marriage Saving in the 1950s
Radical Feminists, Liberated Housewives, and Total Women: Searching for the Future of Marriage, 1963-1980
Super Marital Sex and the Second Shift: New Work for Wives in the 1980s and 1990s
Epilogue: Still Working
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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